April 20, 2018

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Sharks by Joe Flood | SLJ Review

Gr 3-7 –Fascinating, detailed facts about a remarkable variety of sharks, coupled with fun, colorful artwork, make this latest entry in the series a winner.

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

One Star Review Guess Who (#66)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very nice present from cousins! Unfortunately, the page where all of the dots fall to one side made us very sad for some reason. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Jude Duarte, her twin sister Taryn, and her half-fey, half-human sister Vivienne are taken to be raised in Faerieland by Vivienne’s father, Madoc, after he kills their parents.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Review: ‘Batman & Robin Crime Scene Investigations’

This set of four hardcover storybooks makes up a new series in which the famous caped crimefighters use forensic investigation techniques to solve crimes. It’s a clever way to encourage scientific thinking and understanding the real-life background behind superhero adventures. The Felon’s Fowl Flames: Batman & Robin Use Fire Investigation to Crack the Case The […]

Review of the Day: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-94617-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The other day I was asked to come up with ten children’s book equivalents to Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen (which, should anybody ask you, is not for kids). To do this, I wanted […]

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –In this prequel/companion to the acclaimed The Crossover, readers meet a young Charlie Bell, father of the twins from the first book.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This is a true science adventure story of two men, Otis Barton and Will Beebe, who explored the depths of the ocean down to 800 feet in a self-designed round metal diving tank, “a hollow metal ball” called the bathysphere.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –When the first Being crashed to Earth in December, it was brushed off as a hoax.

Review: ‘Ace’ and ‘Jumpa’

Ace: The Origin of Batman’s Hound and Jumpa: The Origin of Wonder Woman’s Kanga Writer: Steve Korte Artist: Art Baltazar Stone Arch Books; $4.95 (each) The latest offering from DC Comics and Capstone’s DC Super-Pets collaboration, which focuses on the adventures of the pets of DC superheroes and supervillains as designed and drawn by artist […]

Book Review: The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are by Kelly Storck, Noah Grigni

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the April 2018  School Library Journal.     The Gender Identity Workbook for […]

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –It’s nearly the end of summer before senior year, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels stuck.

Apps for #EarthDay | Touch and Go

A selection of apps highlighting plants, animals, and ecosystems to share with your students as Earth Day approaches.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash.

The House That Lou Built by Mae Resipicio | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Lou Bulosan-Nelson’s dream is to build a tiny house—a structure of only 100 square feet—on a plot of land that she inherited from her deceased father, who passed away before she was born.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

Review of the Day: A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, ill. Lane Smith

A House That Once Was By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 Ages 4-7 On shelves May 1st When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No […]

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Beginning with the first poem that proclaims (with some foreshadowing) “We’ll raise a brood, and when we’re done,/We just might hatch another one,” 16 poems give readers a glimpse of stages in a robin’s life, from mama robin laying four eggs to grown up birdies leaving the nest.

Review: ‘Laid Back Camp’ Vol. 1

Laid Back Camp Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Afro Yen Press; $13.00 Rated T for Teen One of the many virtues of manga is the seeming endlessness of the available subject matter; think of any subject, no matter how mundane, and chances are there is a Japanese comic series about it (And, if not, well, there likely […]